No quibbles here. Wallace is a consistent voice of reason and deep preparation on the morning shows. He asks good, relevant questions, never fails to press his guests when they worm around, and proceeds with an appropriate level of decorum. And then there’s what he does for Fox News on another plane: Various opinion shows at the network routinely embarrass themselves — that’s you, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and the “Fox & Friends” crew — by recycling talking points for President Trump.
Wallace doesn’t play that game, as he showed just weeks ago in an interview with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. At issue was a U.N. committee that criticized Trump’s reaction to the rally of neo-Nazis and KKK members in Charlottesville:
WALLACE: And when the President gets into the kind of controversy he does and the UN committee responds the way it does, it seems to say they begin to doubt our — whether we’re living those values.SECRETARY TILLERSON: I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values or the commitment of the American Government or the government’s agencies to advancing those values and defending those values.WALLACE: And the President’s values?SECRETARY TILLERSON: The President speaks for himself, Chris.
Those interviewing skills are key not only for “Fox News Sunday” but also for Fox News’s role in the primary debate calendar. Over the 2016 election cycle, Fox News hosted several Republican debates and lobbied for a Democratic one as well. Throughout the marathon season, Wallace did superb work in cross-examining the hopefuls, including, in one famous instance, Trump. He also became the first Fox News representative to host a general election debate.
More years of Chris Wallace, too, mean more opportunities for him to get on “Fox & Friends” and shout down that program’s silly ideas.